06:57 GMT20 October 2020
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    Russian Su-24 Jet Downed Over Syria (276)

    A plane carrying the body of Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov, the pilot of the Russian Su-24 bomber downed by Turkey over Syrian territory, has left the Turkish capital of Ankara for Moscow, the Turkish Ulke Haber news portal reported Monday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkish authorities had received the pilot’s body from Syria, where the Russian airbase is located, and would hand it over to the Russian side.

    Since September 30, Moscow has been conducting airstrikes on terrorist positions in Syria at President Bashar Assad's request.

    On November 24, the Russian Su-24 bomber, with its two pilots, crashed over Syrian territory, downed by an air-to-air missile fired from a Turkish F-16 fighter in response to an alleged violation of Turkish airspace.

    Both the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command have confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace and was illegally downed on Syrian territory.

    Russian Su-24 Jet Downed Over Syria (276)


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